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Solar LED Wheel Lights for any Can-Am Spyder for under $20

When you see something really cool for your Spyder the 1st question is “how much?”.  This either turns into a BUY or thanks but no thanks.  When I first saw LED wheel lights for the Spyder the 2nd was my reaction (at $200 for special finish and shipping).  Then I found these:LED Wheel Lights

Delivered from China in about 3 weeks the lights arrived in good condition.  Only a set of 4 (for a car) was offered and for much more than they sell for now.  They had a partial charge to the battery so testing can be done right away.  An adjustment to the prongs was needed to fit the Spyder wheel center.  Then 4 retainer clips and a ring are snapped into place and the light is ready to install.  The most tricky part of the install is removing the existing whee caps.  I have a small suction cup I use to get a grip on the gap and use a plastic wedge to pry the stock cap off.  Then its just a matter of pushing the Solar LED into the hub.

Each unit has one control button to test the unit and change the color mode.  Otherwise the light will auto-activate to its last mode when it detects low light conditions AND movement.  If either of these conditions stop for 30 seconds the LEDs turn off.

Battery charge time is stated as 3 hours of sun exposure.  I’ve not tested this or how long they last until they shutdown from battery depletion.  The lights are rated as waterproof and have been put through 1 bucket and hose washing with no issue.

The look of these is good.  They are all plastic bodies and the top surface is chrome finished.  Black would have been a better choice but this is not an available option.  I may cut a carbon fiber vinyl skin for mine to match my styling of my F3 at some point.

Video demo that really does not do these lights full justice but its the best video available.

Click below to buy via Amazon.  Remember you need 2- 1 for each wheel.

Solar LED Wheel Lights for any Can-Am Spyder for under $20

 

I also sell pre-tested, assembled and adjusted for the Spyder sets of 2 units in The Other Wheel Store.

New Spyder Services offered by The Other Wheel

In addition to the being the only provider of Laser Alignments I now offer other services including:

  • Install of ceramic balance beads.  2oz in each front wheel and 3oz in rear.  Removal of existing wheel weight and inflation to tire PSI specs.  $40
  • B.U.D.S. hookup, code review, and reset.  Printout if available at location. $10
  • LED lights install*.
  • Vinyl skin application*.
  • Accessory installs*.

* Prices vary depending on complexity and time spent on job.  Call or message for a quote.

BRP Diagnostic Kit- BUDS Ownership

Any Spyder owner knows, or will find out, their Spyder is a highly sophisticated machine with a computer controlled system that manages the systems of your machine.  In order to “talk” to your Spyder BRP shops use the BRP Diagnostic Kit including a software package called BRP Utility and Diagnostic Software or (BUDS).  The kit includes:

  1. MPI-3 Interface (main unit, is used for diagnosis of all BRP vehicles)
  2. Diagnostic Cable (for connection of MPI-3 Interface to 4-TEC/E-TEC vehicles)
  3. Most recent BRP B.U.D.S software
  4. License for BUDS Software

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There is a misconception that you cannot own the software and interface if you are not an authorized BRP dealer.  This is simply not true.  The “Right to Repair” movement that challenges manufactures from keeping owners from self-repair or using a non-manufacturer endorsed shops has consistently been successful in forcing manufacturers to access these systems on vehicles they own.  A number of states in the US have introduced or passed legislation to make this the law and a federal, bi-partisan effort for a US wide policy is in the works.  Outside of the US there are already strong protections in place giving individuals and independent techs the right and means to access the vehicles interface.  You can’t call up BRP or visit your local dealer and by a copy of BUDS and the interface cables.   I have only found one reliable source for the software and connection kit.  They are an international company and ship worldwide.  The kit comes in a few different configurations and prices depending on the license type and duration and interfaces.

You first need to consider your license type.  At minimum you will want the Spyder Roadster license and you can go as far as licensing for all BRP vehicles (which could also require additional interface cables).  You then determine the license period.  Your license will only work for the duration it is purchased for and you will have to buy an updated license key when it expires.  With the license there are two other options- standard BUDS or Megatech which has advanced features dealers do not get access to.  I didn’t find anything from the Megatech offering useful so I went with the standard and a Spyder only license for 1 year.  My intent is to take advantage of multi year renewal discounts next year when I need to renew.

BUDS requires a computer running a supported Windows operating system and has system requirements so low that it will run on any computer available to you.  I installed mine on an old 11″ Windows 7 laptop so I can easily transport it and the interface cables on my Spyder.  Since the laptop had no CD drive I needed to copy what was on the disk to a flash drive and install from there.  install of the drivers and BUDS software was quick and easy.  I then brought everything down to my garage and plugged it in.  Works perfect, is legally mine and a welcomed tool to my Spyder garage.

 

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